Meet Islingtonians

What interests you lislingtonfaces2013_coverocally? Whether it is food or history you can find the neighbourhood stars on Islingtonfacesblog in the list below (or jump to the A-Z list if you already know  the name of the person you want to read about).

Please note that all the interviews are free to read on my blog – and I would be thrilled if you become a blog follower (see right column) – however if you want to download the first 30 interviews in an e-book, Islington Faces 2013, it costs less than a fiver and is available here.

Alan Banks the N4 milkman graces the cover! Any name listed below with a * or **  or ^ or ^^ or ^^^ is not yet included in an ebook format.

Job categories include…

1 Animals, 2 Arts & Craft, 3 Campaigners & Politicians,
4 Car Crazy, 5 Community Stars, 6 Computers & technical,
7 Dancers, 8 Family Focus, 9 Fashion & Clothes,
10 Film & Theatre, 11 Food & Drink,
12 Garden, Plants & Wildlife Focus,
13 Guest posters & contributors, 14 Health & Mindfulness,
15 Islington History & Houses, 16 Locals, 17 Music & Song,
18 Shopkeepers & Services, 19 Showmanship, 20 Sponsored,
21 Sports & Games, 22 Stallholders, 23 Writers & Media,
24 Young Islington.


*Jez & Melli Bond from the Park Theatre see Hazel, Park Theatre dog (30/12/13)

^Peter Buckoke, beekeeper (10/6/15)

Freightliners Farm, country life in the city (31/10/12) and Mum & kids go camping at Freightliners Farm (4/6/14)

Sharon Hayes, animal nurse (11/9/12)

*Hazel, park theatre dog (30/12.13)

***James Lemon, illustrator (25/6/14)

Ron Pace, horseman (18/7/12) – this is the first interview

Pete Prodromou, crocodile catcher specialist (26/11/14)

^Matthew Sherwood, fisherman (6/5/15)

^John Webber, and Max, PAT dog team (20/5/15)


^James Cambridge, photographer of Islington past and present (25/3/15)

**Roberta Cremoncini, Estorick Director (14/5/14)

*Roy Griffiths, carpenter/artist  (15/8/13)

Molly Gorell Barnes, teaching assistant & Mollypop cards (6/8/14)

^^Nick Jobbings, illustrator (17/5/15)

^^Garry Kennard, artist, writer & mountaineer (16/9/15)

***James Lemon, illustrator (25/6/14)

Elia Luyando, ballet mistress (11/12/2013)

*Robbie MacGregor: pavement & farm artist (30/5/13)

**Cyril Mann: painter and sculptor (9/4/14)

***Louis Masai: artist (30/4/14)

*Minerva: tailor (27/11/13)

**Chris Morris: tattoo artist (26/3/14)

^^Colin O’Brien, photographer (2/12/15)

Jet Osman, 3D artist (24/1/13)

^Andy Parker, musician & painter (11/2/15)

***Jane Amelia Parker, designer/maker (16/7/14)

*Dieter Perry, press photographer (17/10/13)

^^Tim Sayer & Annemarie Norton, art lovers (3/2/16)

*Pat Tuson, urban nature photographer (29/8/13)

Unbelievable Mr X, film blogger (16/1/14)


Zannthie Bennett, King’s Cross dynamo  (21/03/13)

*Zrinka Bralo, tough spirit (15/5/13)

Diane Burridge, local activist (7/3/13)

^^Tara Button, buy me once campaigner (9/9/15)

***Kate Calvert, Archway community star (30/7/14) interviewed by Joanna Bevan

^^Jeremy Corbyn, a tribute to the brilliant Islington North MP (2/9/15)

^^Caroline Dent, Death Cafe co-ordinator (15/10/15)

^^Barry Edwards, Islington Mayor 2013-14 (2/10/13)

^Ed Gillespie, Futerra co-founder (2/12/14)

^^^Richard Greening, Islington Mayor 2015-16 (30/3/16)

***Lizzie Hunt, islington giving week (7/5/14)

^Stephanie Leonard, community organiser (22/4/15)

Lucy Mathen: opening people’s eyes (14/2/13)

^Abu Mensah, deputy young mayor (24/6/15)

*Caroline Russell, road safety campaigner (20/11/13)

Ian Shacklock: CAMRA, canals & campaigning (13/3/13)

Angela Sinclair-Loutit, pioneer spirit (22/9/12)

^Lemn Sissay, poet (2/6/15)


*Miles Brown, garage boss (30/10/13)

^Nabila El Ahmadi, multi-tasking mum (27/5/15)

^^SPONSORED: Brendan Gill, car-sharing & bike sharing fan (5/8/15)

^John Harvey, J&J Motors (22/3/15)

*Caroline Russell, road safety campaigner (20/11/13)

*Stanley Smart: mechanic and poet (7/5/13)


Alan Banks, milkman/spaceship driver (19/10/12)

^^Csaba Miklos Beck, postman (15/7/15)

Diane Burridge, local activist (7/3/13)

*Stephen Coles, vicar of St Thomas’ (31/7/13)

^^David Gibson, Islington Society (21/10/15)

^Chloe Holmes, Elizabeth House Centre Director (8/4/15)

Katherine Horsham, community mobiliser (22/1/14)

*Sue Jandy, volunteer (11/6/13)

^^Nicolette Jones, plimsoll for #plimsollday (13/1/16)

Lollypop people: Jane, Ronnie, Nora & Pauline (5/12/12)

Chris P, canal enthusiast (27/2/13)

Anna Scher MBE, drama teacher (27/4/16)

John Walters, Pearly King of Finsbury (23/10/14)

Anne Weyman, Islington u3a dynamo (1/10/14)


Paulo Fino, web designer (20/8/14)


*Elia Luyando: ballet mistress (11/12/13)

*James Olivo, dancer (26/6/13)

*Sarah Toner, ballet teacher (23/11/13)


^^Charles Baron, born 1920 in Islington and still visiting the borough (18/11/15)

Sai Gulam Bi, grandmother (28/7/12)

JK, from Accra to Archway (18/1/13)

^^^Angela Neustatter, writer (23/3/16)

^^Susan Oudot, Corrie writer with a passion for Milner Square (7/10/15)

Scarbrough family, from postcard collecting to Jedward superfans (12/10/12)

Michael & Sam Smith, dad & son at Parkrun Highbury Fields (4/11/15)


*Minerva: tailor (27/11/13)

^Valerie Good, ethical fashion at Kitty Ferreira (1/7/15)


*Jez & Melli Bond from the Park Theatre see Hazel, Park Theatre dog (30/12/13)

**Alex Carter, puppets at Little Angel Theatre (5/2/14)

^Jonas Grimas, film director (6/1/15)

^^^Duramaney Kamara, actor in Boy (4/5/16)

^^Susan Oudot, Corrie writer with a passion for Milner Square (7/10/15)

^^^Anna Scher MBE, drama teacher (27/4/16)

^Carlos Torres, filmmaker and photographer (21/1/15)

11) FOOD & DRINK – cafes, cooks, chefs, pubs, restaurants, coffee shops & work spaces

^Alfonso Arajuo, Greenhouse dreamer (29/4/15)

Alan Banks, milkman/spaceship driver (19/10/12)

Tony Bedwell, Highbury Barn pub manager (19/2/14)

^Ade Clarke, Landord at the Lamb Beer & Liquor (13/11/15)

^Anna Colquhoun, culinary anthropologist (17/9/14)

Yehia El-Nemer, Oasis cafe (27/9/12)

^Chris Evans, social entrepreneur at Blighty (18/3/15)

Tina de Freitas, ice cream van lady (17/7/13)

*Chris Godfrey, butcher (18/12/13)

David Goodman, tapas chef (20/12/12)

*Steve Hatt, fishmonger (18/9/13)

*Nina Marcangelo: Alfredo’s cafe family (24/7/13)

^^Maxence Masurier: French wine seller (10/2/16)

David Mayers, butcher (5/10/12)

**Danny Michelson, La Fromagerie owner (15/4/14)

^Simon Moore, architect turned Highbury Arts Club boss (8/7/15)

^Aaron Resch, ramen restauranteur (29/10/14)

^Peter Theoklitou, owner Coffee Works Project, see Coffee Music Project in Islington (31/3/15)

^^Peter Theoklitou, owner Coffee Works Project (30/12/15)

**Pauline Tiffen, fair trade guru (26/2/14)

*Manuel and Stella Saavedra, puttin’ on the Ritz (22/8/13)

***Matt Segal, Frederick’s manager (9/7/14)

^^Michael & Sam Smith, dad & son at Parkrun Highbury Fields (4/11/15)

**Stephanie Smith, Archway Market founder and manager (23/4/14) (guest post)

Helena Spurr, foodie, chef and cafe owner (15/11/12)

^^Simon Wilson, young entrepreneur from (25/11/15)

^Jennifer Yong, founder Jenius Social (27/1/15)


*Tim Bushe, architect and hedge cutter (23/5/13)

^Chris Setz, tree champion (14/4/15)

^^Silver Tiger, walk through Islington (26/8/15)

^^^Jane Tuely, landscape architect (6/4/16)

^Hedera Vetch, wildlife gardener (29/12/14)

*Marco Wouters, flower seller  (5/6/13)

(writers, photographers, film makers, radio journalists)
Big thanks to anyone who has written an interview for this blog.

In Jan 2016, sports desk picture editor for the Sunday Times wrote a guest post about Archway-born footballer, Laurie Cunningham, who was signed for Real Madrid in 1979. Dermot wants to crowdfund a book about Laurie, please follow this unbound link to help.


Chris Humphris

Chris Humphris is on the City University MA course (2014-15). As an assignment he did a radio interview with Nicola Baird about the thinking about Islingtonfacesblog just before ISLINGTON FACES LIVE 2014. You can listen to the Soundcloud interview here.

Chris can be contacted @ChrisChatsStuff


Sarah Graham.


Sarah Graham interviewed this blog’s founder  Nicola Baird: your interviewer  on 4/2/13. Sarah is a feminist journalist and the deputy editor of Feminist Times, follow it on-line here. She’s got a Newspaper MA from City University, which is based in Islington. You can follow her  @SarahGraham7

“I actually never lived in Islington, but as a student at City I loved the mix of things to do (and places to eat!), the vibrancy of the history and the beautiful areas like Highbury, where I spent a lot of time working on my reporting portfolio.”

This guest post was written by Joanna Bevan

Joanna Bevan.


Joanna Bevan
(photo, right, taken by Evgenia Kharitonova) has a background in community development and lives in Archway. She researched community resilience at the City University of New York. She speaks five languages and loves writing poetry and running marathons.

“The best thing about living in Islington is the huge amount of world cuisine on offer.”

Read Joanna’s interview with:
>Spaniard Ulises Diaz here,
>Tattoo artist Chris Morris here
>Archway Market manager Stephanie Smith here
>Archway community campaigner Kate Calvert here.

Joanna has recently set up a pop up language cafe in Archway, Speak Street and was a guest on ISLINGTON FACES LIVE 2014 talking about it. Follow her on Twitter @JoannitaBevan @Speak_Street

Jessica O'Neill

Jessica O’Neill

Jessica O’Neill first moved to Islington from her home town in Canada. She currently lives in Hackney. Jessica helped organise the Islington Faces Live event (Oct 2014) while interning at the King’s Head Theatre.

“As an outsider it’s interesting to get to see a new community and to find out about the hidden underside of an area. It would usually take a decade to discover the characters you profile on Islington Faces, helping organise the show is a quicker way!”

Here’s Jessica’s experience of living and working in Islington in an interview.

Vicky Ryzhykh

Vicky Ryzhykh

VICKY RYZHYKH – contributing photographer
Vicky Ryzhykh
To see pictures by photo blogger Vicky Ryzhykh (left) go to the gallery & games page. Vicky took all the photos at ISINGTON FACES LIVE 2014 – a show which raised £200 for the King’s Head Theatre.

Vicky says: “I like living in Islington because it has everything. I like cakes from Ottolenghi and taking a stroll along the Regent’s Canal. I’ve lived in Angel for five years. I was born in Moscow, Russia and moved to UK in 1996 to study.” To contact her re photo work, email:


Carlos Torres.

Carlos Torres

Carlos Torres made the film of Islington Faces Live 2014 at the King’s Head Theatre. You can contact him for commissions on Facebook here.

I hope I’ll be in Islington for a few years,” says Carlos who is from Granada, Spain, but has lived in Archway since 2013. “If you want to get somewhere – and I want to do more with films and photography – then you can achieve that in London.”

Here’s the film in case you missed it on another page.

Isabel VanderGert - Wilson (c) Freddy Brown Photography

Isabel VanderGert – Wilson
(c) Freddy Brown Photography

Isabel lived in and went to school near Islington for six years. She now lives in Cambridge but is moving back soon to London, to Leyton. Isabel did work experience on the Islington faces blog in June 2015.

“I miss the bustle of the streets and all the great places to go, along with the public transport, Islington is such an authentic, great place to be.”

“I’ve got so many great memories from Drayton Park Primary School for example playing on the life boat and tree house.”



Olav Ernstzen, chair of Healthwatch Islington (30/9/15)

Vickie Farquharson, trainee manager at Gorilla Perfumery (11/11/15)

Oonagh Gay, inspiring London walks (27/1/16)

Hannah Kalmanowitz, Stuart Low Trust manager (27/8/14)

Judith Kleinmann, Alexander Technique teacher & musician (15/10/14)

Karen Liebenguth, life coach (21/5/14)

^^^Mathy Lisika-Minsende, creative mentor (16/3/16)

Subhash & Urvashi Patel, Five Boys Natural Health Store (3/2/15)


If you are looking for FAMOUS people – past and present – who’ve lived or worked in Islington there is a great list on Islington Council’s site, see here.

Mark Aston, Islington Museum & Local History Centre manager (24/9/14)

^^Charles Baron, born 1920 in Islington & still visiting the borough (18/11/15)

Christopher Curtis, Highbury Corner history man (30/1/14)

Cass Farrell, Small Restorations boss (8/10/14)

^^Ivy Allan Freeman, Islington memories from 1933 (22/7/15)

Andy Gardner, historian (14/1/15)

^^Oonagh Gay, inspiring London walks (27/1/16)

^^David Gibson, Islington Society (21/10/15)

^Simon Goode, architect (16/2/15)

Hugh Grover, estate agent (2/4/14)

Michael Hayle, house detective (3/9/14)

^^^Angela Neustatter, writer (23/3/16)

^^Colin O’Brien, photographer (2/12/15)

^^Susan Oudot, Corrie writer with a passion for Milner Square (7/10/15)

^Islington Park Street: community living under threat (8/6/15) (guest post)

^^Hez Jamil, historical reenactor (29/7/15)

^^Malcolm Marjoram, family history expert (17/2/16)

Jake Perkins, estate agent  (22/11/12)

Teresa Robertson, unique house painter (28/3/13)

Jenny Scarbrough (9/11/12) contributes to Blackstock-road-in-the-1870s-robbers-trout-fishing-and-aristocrats

Scarbrough family, from postcard collecting to Jedward superfans (12/10/12)

Samir Singh, Arsenal in the Community (11/6/14)

Alex Smith, heritage assistant (12/12/12)

*Ros Tankard, WW2 memories (4/12/13)

^^Silver Tiger, walk through Islington (26/8/15)

^^Jerry White, author of Campbell Bunk, the worst street in Islington (19/8/15)

Michael Phillips &Eddie King, friends (18/6/14)


^^Jackie Badger, saw the Beatles play Finsbury Park (28/10/15)

Barry Causton, events manager (5/11/14)

Tricia Cottle, Islington Music shop owner (28/5/14)

Ulises Diaz, flamenco heart (5/4/14)

^^Richard Frostick, Islington Music Centre maestro (23/9/15)

Dominic Haddock, opera producer (7/1/14)

^Judith Kleinman, musician and Alexander Technique teacher (15/10/14)

^^^Alicia Montplaisir, fairy spirit and singer-songwriter (20/4/16)

^Andy Parker, musician and painter (11/2/15)

^Stevey Porter & Kieran Wilson, Route1audio (17/12/14)

Ben River, singer songwriter (19/6/13)

Hanisha Solomon, singer (22/7/14)

^^Dan Spanner, Spanner Big Band at the Gunners pub (20/1/16)

Frank Turner, singer songwriter (9/12/15)


Suleyman Bulbul,  shopkeeper (4/9/12)

Tricia Cottle, Islington Music shop owner (28/5/14)

Christopher Curtis, Highbury Corner history man (30/1/14)

*Chris Godfrey, butcher (18/12/13)

Simon Dolin, hair salon owner (17/4/13)

Vickie Farquharson, trainee manager at Gorilla Perfumery (11/11/15)

Cass Farrell, Small Restorations boss (8/10/14)

*Cemal Kilnic, shopkeeper (7/8/13)

Mrs Sau Li, DIY supremo at Mix (30/11/12)

*Minerva: tailor (27/11/13)

David Mayers, butcher (5/10/12)

Ian Morris, Map gift shop co-owner (10/12/14)

Joan O’Donovan, charity shop manager (9/8/12)

Subhash & Urvashi Patel: Five Boys Natural Health Store (3/2/15)

Scarbrough family, from postcard collecting to Jedward superfans (12/10/12)

^^^Costa Violaris, C&A Drycleaners (9/3/16)

^^Simon Wilson, young entrepreneur from (25/11/15)

*Marco Wouters, flower seller  (5/6/13)


*Peter Ball, auctioneer (3/7/13)

*Martin Burton, circus founder (29/04/13)

*Anna Harvey, N1 Centre administrator (6/11/13)

^^^Cate Mackenzie, love coach (13/4/16)


**Rachel Zatz, traveller & Airbnb host (19/3/14)


^^GUEST POST: Laurie Cunningham, football from Market Road to Real Madrid (6/1/16)

^^^Simon Izod, cycle tour leader (2/3/16)

Elia Luyando, ballet mistress (11/12/2013)

^Paul Matz, founder Arsenal Independent Supporters’ Association (4/3/15)

***Faisal Ahmed Mian, Wu Shi Taiji Quan & Qi Gong Association senior instructor (9/9/14)

*** Georgina Gray, Bikram Highbury & Islington owner (2/7/14)

**Sybille Hazward, fitness trainer (12/2/14)

Samir Singh, Arsenal in the Community (11/6/14)

Viren Soma, tennis coach (8/4/13)

Edward Smith, chess player (16/9/12)

^^Michael & Sam Smith, dad & son at Parkrun Highbury Fields (4/11/15)


*A Abu Kalbin: newspaper seller (10/10/13)


Nicola Baird: your interviewer – guest interview by Sarah Graham (4/2/13)

^^Perdita & Honor Cargill, authors Waiting for Callback (23/2/16)

^^Mark Kebble, editor Angel magazine (16/12/15)

*Clara Macedo Cabral, cultural explorer (10/7/13)

*Joan Lock, crime writer (10/9/13)

^^^Angela Neustatter, writer (23/3/16)

^Lemn Sissay, poet (2/6/15)

***Linda Plater, village of Islington (Canada) co-ordinator (12/8/14)

*Piers Torday, children’s novelist (24/4/13)


*Corinna Snashall: planning a gap year (25/9/13)

Charles Williams, made in Islington (21/2/13)

Jon Winder, play guru (26/10/12)

All the interviews are with people who live or work in Islington. Let me know if you have any ideas who I can interview – please leave a note here or send me an email to Thank you.


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